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A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Automotive
Repair Information Technical Committee has been proposed by the
following members of OASIS: Dr John Chelsom, CSW Group Ltd; Mr Takayuki
Sakai, Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA); Mr Chris
Jones, RAC Motoring Services; Paul Greening, individual member.
The proposal for a new TC meets the requirements of the OASIS TC Process
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of deliverables, and proposed schedule, will constitute the TC's
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Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
+1 978.667.5115 x206
Proposed Charter for the OASIS Automotive Repair Information Technical
Annex XI (OBD) of European Parliament and Council Directive 98/69/EC of
13 October 1998 relating to measures to be taken against air pollution
by emissions from motor vehicles and amending Council Directive 70/220
EEC obliges vehicle manufacturers to make repair information available
to repairers not part of the manufacturers own organisation and to other
persons entitled thereto. Vehicle manufacturers are not obliged to make
available that information which is covered by intellectual property
rights or constitutes specific know-how of the manufacturer and/or OEM
supplier. [References: Official Journal of the European Communities, OJ
L350, 28.12.1998, p.1; Official Journal of the European Communities, OJ
L76, 6.4.1970, p.1, as last amended by European Parliament and Council
Directive 2000/100/EC (OJ L16, 18.1.2000, p.32)]
Article 4 of Directive 98/69/EC requires the Commission to submit a
report to the European Parliament and the Council on the drawing up of a
standard electronic format for repair information taking account of
relevant international standards.
A common format will enable all types of end-users to quickly obtain
repair information and thus make viable a repair which might otherwise
have been rendered non-viable because of the time required to find the
information within the different structures and organisations of
manufacturer's web sites for different types of motor vehicles.
This project has been set-up, under the chairmanship of DG Enterprise of
the European Commission, to "...help provide an EU-wide framework for
the provision of emission-related service information to the repair and
other interested markets."
The results of this project might, in principle, be implemented, in two
- direct reference to an ISO standard that has been developed from the
results of this project, through an amendment to Annex XI of Council
Directive 70/220/EEC, or
- develop a voluntary commitment from the motor industry to provide
emission-related service information to the market using the results of
this project, accompanied by appropriate monitoring procedures to ensure
the voluntary commitment is being adhered to.
Furthermore, the project will take account of similar standards or
legislation adopted in other world areas.
To develop a standard format to enable access to emission-related
repair, diagnostic and technical information with respect to the
vehicles covered by the scope of Directive 70/220/EEC, i.e. passenger
cars and light commercial vehicles.
The project will take account of similar standards or legislation
adopted in other world areas.
The following tasks are within the scope of this project:
1. Review existing data sources, structures and use of data by
manufacturers and third-party users. The project will take account of
similar standards or legislation adopted in other world areas.
2. Determine the most cost-effective, lowest footprint distribution
medium for vehicle repair information (e.g., the Internet, although
other mediums will also be considered).
3. Specify an information structure that is commonly supported, open,
public, easy to understand (for both people and computers) and
accessible (e.g. XML, although other mediums will also be considered).
4. Identify industry-standard vocabulary such as keywords and elements
(e.g. ISO 15031-2 (J1930) "OBD Terms and Definitions"), determine if
such standards are applicable for the purpose of this project and, where
necessary, take steps to either develop new standards or expand the
scope of existing standards. Consideration of the representation of
information in multiple languages.
5. Identify features necessary for access to information (e.g. search
engines) that can be correlated to the document structure and/or
content, including access to information in manufacturer-specific tools,
packaging of information to make viable cost units, application of
6. Establish minimum (or ideal) configurations for end-user access, with
an emphasis on open or ubiquitous standards:
a. identify the most common hardware platform(s), including operating
b. identify the most common software and/or interfaces.
7. Establish the performance criteria for provider information delivery
systems (e.g. monitoring of web-site performance).
8. Determine method and intervals for ongoing review and updating of
9. Demonstrate at least three reference implementations made in
accordance with the specifications
10. Recommendation for application of the results of the project.
The following issue(s) are not included within the scope of the project
- Cost of access to the information.
- Heavy duty vehicles, two and three wheeled vehicles and
non-emission-related repair, diagnostic and technical information, may
be considered in future work
Assumptions / Constraints
The following statements are assumed:
- This project will be run under OASIS, which is an independent and
impartial body. The participants will form an OASIS Technical Committee
and operate under the OASIS TC Process, IPR and by-laws. These can be
viewed at: http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/process.shtml
- The named chair is a representative from DG Enterprise of the European
Commission, who will chair the work of the Technical Committee,
arbitrating on all non-technical issues and ultimately on technical
issues, where necessary.
- Each trade association may offer a number of experts. It is most
important to ensure continuity of participation and it must be
acknowledged that the Technical Committee may not return to previous
work on the admission of a new participant. Individual members of trade
associations are permitted to join the Technical Committee according to
the OASIS process.
- New members are welcome at any time. OASIS procedures will apply.
Key Deliverables / Milestones
It is expected that at the first Technical Committee plenary meeting,
working groups will be established to address each of the objectives. A
programme of group meetings will be established.
The first Technical Committee plenary meeting will be held on August 2nd
2002 in Brussels.
The work on each objective will then proceed independent of the others
but the work will be reviewed at each plenary meeting of the Technical
Much work will take place by e-mail between CSW and the participants.
It is not expected that the individual Working Groups will meet other
than at the plenary meeting of the Technical Committee.
Date of first meeting: August 2nd 2002, Brussels (Technical Committee
a. Confirm objective, scope and procedures for the project; at planning
meeting May 02
b. Confirm project membership, identify other potential members; at
planning meeting May 02
1. Use cases; at first TC meeting August 2nd 2002. To be submitted to
CSW by 12th July (ALL) - will then continue as working group
2. Distribution media; at planning meeting May 02
3. Specify information structure; at Technical Committee plenary.
Working Group Action
4. Features for access to information; at Technical Committee plenary.
Working Group Action
5. Industry-standard vocabulary; at Technical Committee plenary. Working
Group Action, may require action through ISO
6. End-user configuration: a) Hardware, b) Software, c) Interfaces; at
Technical Committee plenary. Working Group Action
7. Performance criteria; at Technical Committee plenary. Working Group
8. Reference Implementations; at Technical Committee plenary. May become
Working Group Action
9. Updating Final; at Technical Committee plenary. Could decide and
advise ISO TC22 SC3 WG1 prior to FTCP
10. Recommendations; at Final Technical Committee plenary
The aim is to complete the project within 10 months. Subject to
agreement by the Technical Committee it is anticipated that the
resulting specification will be offered to ISO for publication as an
International Standard and thereafter maintained according to ISO
Organisation and Responsibilities
The project organisation is as follows:
Name of the TC chair: Dr Paul Greening
Submitted by :
- Dr John Chelsom (email@example.com) CSW Group Ltd
- Mr Takayuki Sakai (firstname.lastname@example.org) JAMA - Japanese Automobile
- Mr Chris Jones (email@example.com) RAC Motoring Services
- Dr Paul Greening, (firstname.lastname@example.org) individual member
Meeting sponsors: CSW